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Adoption in Cleveland, OH

Cleveland Adoption Agencies, Attorneys and More

Are you preparing to begin the life-changing journey of adoption in Cleveland, OH? If so, you’ve come to the right place.    

  • The right adoption agency can safely and smoothly guide you through your adoption journey.  

  • Adoption creates a better future for everyone involved.   

“As soon as I knew I was pregnant, I knew I wasn't in a position to give my baby the life they deserved. I contacted American Adoptions, and after I filled out some paperwork, they began to send me information about potential families. It was very emotional, but I knew I made the right decision for my daughter. She will have a life far better than any I could home to provide, and she has loving, supportive parents who will nurture and guide her. It has been over a year since I placed my daughter with Adam and Suzanne, and the updates I receive reassure me that she is happy, healthy and well loved.” 

Adoption stories like Erin’s remind us why adoption is such a happy, rewarding and life-changing experience. Many of our staff members have their own adoption stories, and we use that personal experience to help you begin your adoption journey knowing the professionals you’re working with truly care about your Cleveland adoption. 

Hopeful adoptive parents and expectant parents looking to create an adoption plan for their child have worked with our agency for more than 25 years, and we can’t wait to work with you!  

This guide serves as a jumping-off point for your Cleveland adoption, providing you with important information prior to contacting us to make your adoption plan. 

If you’re ready to start the adoption process with our agency, or wanting more information on the adoption in Akron, OH, call us toll-free today at 1-800-ADOPTION, or visit our online contact forms for prospective birth mothers and prospective adoptive parents

Private Domestic Adoption in Cleveland [Start Your Adoption Journey] 

When starting your adoption in Cleveland, we want to make sure your wants and needs build the foundation for your overall adoption experience. We have a unique perspective of the adoption process because many of our staff members have adoption stories of their own. 

As a birth mother, what you want in an adoptive family is used to compile a list of available couples that fit the traits you’re seeking for your baby.

As the adoptive parents, the day you get that call from a prospective birth mother wanting to experience this journey with you is something you’ll never forget.

AJ is an adoptive father who worked with our agency, and to this day can’t say enough how special it was that he and his wife were given the gift of adoption

“It’s one of the greatest gifts anybody has given me — to choose me to be a father,” AJ says. “I don’t think we could ever repay her enough… It’s the coolest, most unselfish gift anybody can give you.” 

Your adoption experience and choice of a family comes down to what you want, and because our network of available families spans nation-wide, we can find you the perfect adoptive parents for your child.  

Birth mothers and adoptive couples choosing to work with us get these services and more: 

  • Using our size and scope, we can find hopeful and available families from across the United States.     

  • 24/7 counseling and support for pregnant women considering adoption and an industry-leading risk-sharing program that provides financial protection for adoptive parents in the event of an adoption disruption.     

  • An adoption plan made to your fit your vision for the perfect adoption experience. 

As a full-service, fully licensed domestic adoption agency in Cleveland, American Adoptions can meet all of your needs during the adoption process. And, because of our strong presence in Ohio, you won't have to sacrifice the perks of a small, local agency to enjoy these benefits. American Adoptions is licensed and has offices in Ohio, which means we're as familiar with Ohio laws and processes as any local professional.

When you work with our agency, you get the best of both worlds - the resources and support of a national agency, and the local convenience and personal feel of a regional one. Our Ohio offices are located at:  

20 S. 3rd St. 
Suite 210 
Columbus, OH 43215 

Foster Care Adoption in Cleveland 

As a private adoption agency, American Adoptions works with prospective birth mothers and adoptive parents in the domestic infant adoption process. However, this isn’t the only way to adopt. We support all types of adoption, as long as it is the right fit for your family. For many people, this means pursuing foster care adoption

For most parents, foster care adoption means adopting an older child, adopting a sibling set, or adopting a child with special needs. While many foster children are currently in reunification plans with their biological parents, a great deal are also available to be adopted immediately

If you’d prefer to adopt from foster care or foster-to-adopt, these Cleveland foster care resources may be useful to you:

International Adoption in Cleveland 

International adoption is a third kind of adoption that you could consider. Once again, while American Adoptions cannot provide the services needed for the international adoption process, we support any hopeful parents who choose this route. And, fortunately, there are local resources available to help. 

For families who hope to adopt a child internationally, the nearest international adoption resources to Cleveland are: 

Cleveland Adoption Lawyers [Work with the Best Adoption Attorneys] 

A Cleveland adoption attorney is required to educate prospective birth parents about adoption consent, guide prospective birth and adoptive parents through the legal processes of adoption in Cleveland, and finalize the adoption.

American Adoptions supplies prospective birth and adoptive parents working with us with their own legal representation. When you are a prospective birth parent, this comes at no cost. Just like the rest of the process for prospective birth parents — adoption is always free to you.

But if you need to search for an outside attorney, the following professionals may be able to help: 

Home Study Professionals near Cleveland 

If you intend to adopt in Cleveland, you’ll first need to undergo home study with an Ohio-licensed home study professional. This can be a lengthy process of collecting important documents and scheduling in-home visits, so it’s a good idea to get started as soon as possible if you’re a hopeful adoptive parent. 

Here are your options for local Cleveland adoption home study providers: 

Cleveland Hospitals for Maternity Care and Delivery 

Having an established hospital plan is part of the adoption planning process for expectant mothers working with American Adoptions. Knowing where you want to go for your medical needs during your pregnancy and childbirth gives you some extra peace of mind.

Remember: Your medical fees will always be covered by our adoption agency

These Cleveland area hospitals may be nearby and convenient for you: 

Cleveland Adoption Finalization Courts 

The final step of the Ohio adoption process is finalization. To finalize a Cleveland adoption, you’ll need to do so in your county’s courthouse, which you can find below: 

Start Your Adoption Journey Today [We Want to Help You with Your Adoption]  

Michelle, a birth parent specialist and a birth parent herself, is ready to answer any questions you have about adoption.    

“I am available to answer any questions that arise, particularly from birth moms, as I have been in your shoes and know how you are feeling,” Michelle said. “It was most helpful to me when I had someone to talk to who would just listen to me without making any judgments or conclusions about who I was as a person.”    

You can ask Michelle questions about the Cleveland, OH, adoption process online. You can also call us toll free at 1-800-ADOPTION, or get free information with our online contact form for prospective birth mothers considering adoption here. Adoptive families wanting more information on adopting a child can click here to get more information. 

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